Luxury Travel Hot List Shows New Trends to Watch

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As Virtuoso wrapped up their 2014 annual conference in Las Vegas earlier this month, the meeting of luxury travel minds did not conclude without a few heady observations gleaned from the consortium’s 340 member travel agencies representing come 8,900 travel advisors and upwards of $12.5 billion in annual sales.

Affluent Travelers

Under the microscope: where the affluent will be venturing for the remainder of 2014, including the crucial holiday time and winter months.  The results revealed a surprising surge of demand for traveling to destinations Down Under as well as in Central Europe, plus the next evolution in family travel – global citizenship. Read more »

Summer Still in Season with Sizzling Fall Packages

Virgin Islands Resort

End of Summer Luxury Stay in Virgin Gorda

How about a stay at a private spread accessible only by boat or helicopter? Oil Nut Bay, an ultra-luxe resort community in the BVI offers 300 acres with beachfront villas to estates set on the hilltops, all with ocean views. The remote community does not foresake world-class dining, a Beach Club, water sports, a learn-through-play kids’ club and access to  a premier marina/yacht club. Rates run $795 – $8,750 per night but an end of summer special makes it a seven-night stay in a Villa for the price of five, starting at 
$2,850 per night for a 2-bedroom Beach Villa
, $3,450 per night for a 4-bedroom Ridge Villa
, and $5,950 per night for a 6-bedroom Beach Villa. Read more »

Four Seasons Dipping into the Disney Spirit

New Four Seasons in Orlando

While you might not be calling out hidden Mickeys in the carpeting there, the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is all about the Mouse House. The property opened August 1 minutes away from the Disney theme parks and Orlando’s shopping and dining attractions but still brings the Four Seasons upclass spirit of luxury and pampering to a visit and makes a welcoming segue during a frenetic and electric Orlando vacation. Read more »

Siam Says… Luxury is a Boutique Hotel in Bangkok

Siam in Bangkok

Choosing a luxury hotel in Bangkok is like trying to find the prettiest wildflower in the field. There are just so many and they are all precious. But if you narrow that search to a boutique luxury hotel on the Chao Praya River – a few doors down from the home of Thailand’s crowned prince, you will find yourself at The Siam.

The Siam could be considered one of Thailand’s jewels in a shimmering city of gold. The 39-key property opened in June 2012 as a hideaway within Bangkok’s towering skyline. It’s right on the river, tucked into a corner of the Dusit neighborhood, a stones’ throw from the Chitralada Palace, and it hails from another era entirely.    READ MORE

Fiji Airways: Boosting Vacation Lift to the Islands

Flight to Fiji

Travel-Intel speaks with Fiji Airways CEO Stefan Pichler about the airline’s push to become viable and bring needed lift to boost tourism to Fiji from the U.S..

Fiji Airways recently rebranded from its former Air Pacific days and brought on Stefan Pichler as CEO to take the new airline into a new decade. Pichler, who has had chief positions at Lufthansa, Jazeera Airways, Virgin Blue and V Australia is known for successful launches and airline turnarounds but also knows the travel industry well from time spent as CEO at Thomas Cook in Germany.

The following is an interview with Fiji Airways MD and CEO, Stefan Pichler. Read more »

Will Cruise for Food: Onboard Dining in Focus

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By Bill Becken, Contributing Cruise Editor

An agent’s more lucrative cruise clients, those well-traveled and well-versed in cruise culture, may care not as much about visiting exotic foreign ports and getting steeped in shoreside culture as the ship experience itself. Having cruised often and enjoyed many shore excursions, the wows travelers seek are in the experiences cruise lines have to offer starting with what’s notable in dining. Read more »

Warning: High Costs Ahead. Car Rental Caveats

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Where is the most expensive place to drive in the U.S.? Hint: It’s by the confluence of two rivers. Hint #2: It’s not in a popular resort area. Read more »